A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has handed a victory to the Sons of Confederate Veterans by ruling that Texas can't refuse to issue the group a specialty license plate with the Confederate battle flag on it.
The Texas [DMV] had rejected the organization's application for a specialty plate...because those who opposed it had argued that the so-called "Rebel flag" was offensive.
In a 2-1 vote last week, the court said the DMV had engaged in "viewpoint discrimination," and...had violated the free speech rights of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The judges noted that the DMV had approved plates for other veterans' groups and military actions such as Buffalo Soldiers, Korean War, Vietnam and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The panel's opinion said it "appears that the only reason the board rejected the plate is the viewpoint it represents." read more
Vladimir Putin's daughter lives, in all places, the Netherlands -- and disgusted locals now want her deported because it was her dad who provided the missile that shot 193 of their countrymen out of the sky over Ukraine.
Maria Putin's presence in the grieving nation sparked outrage during a national day of mourning, with the arrival of the first wave of coffins carrying victims from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
Ukrainians living in the Netherlands were planning to protest outside Maria's swanky apartment, and Dutch Twitter users targeted the pretty blonde, with one fuming, "Its time you leave B*TCH" over her photo. read more
..a new report from Stephen Green at Standard Chartered argues that China's aggregate debt level has reached 251 per cent of GDP, as of June.
The ratio has risen by 100 percentage points of GDP over the last five years. As Fitch has argued out in the past, this is more than double the rise seen in Japan over the five years before the Nikkei bubble burst in 1990, or in the US before subprime blew up in 2007, or in Korea before the Asian financial crisis. read more
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional investigators using fake identities were able to obtain taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law, according to testimony to be delivered Wednesday.
The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office says its undercover investigators were able to get subsidized health care under fake names in 11 out of 18 attempts. The GAO is still paying premiums for the policies, even as the Obama administration attempts to verify phony documentation. read more
Did you know in most cases law enforcement agencies do not have budgets to provide vests for their four legged K-9 officers?
Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc. is a 501c(3) non-profit whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of Law Enforcement and related agencies throughout the country. read more